Motor Sports

2010 MotoGP Valencia Results

World Champion Jorge Lorenzo signed off his victorious season in style today, taking his ninth win in front of his home fans at Valencia. Valentino Rossi finished third on his 117th and final appearance for Yamaha, bringing to a close a wonderful seven-year partnership with his YZR-M1.

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Lorenzo and Rossi both dropped places at the start, the Mallorcan slipping to fifth and the Italian right back to ninth in the race to the first corner. Lorenzo soon began looking for a way past Marco Simoncelli but almost crashed in the process, somehow making a spectacular save but dropping several places to ninth. Rossi meanwhile made it up to fourth by the end of the third lap and was on the hunt for third, trying to get by his determined fellow Italian Simoncelli.

On lap six Rossi moved into third and Lorenzo, who had brilliantly recovered his composure after his near-miss to gain back the places he had lost, followed him through next time around to take fourth, with Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner in front of the Yamaha pair. At one third of race distance Rossi and Lorenzo dispatched Pedrosa and then it was Lorenzo’s turn to pass his team-mate, moving into second behind Stoner. Rossi tried his best to go with him but the shoulder that has plagued him all season stopped him riding at the maximum on the twisty track and he dropped off, content to at least finish on the podium for one final time with Yamaha.

Lorenzo was unstoppable by this stage and the cool-headed 23-year-old stormed ahead of Stoner on lap 23 to take a final win on home soil. His win today brings his season points-tally to 383, a new record for a rider in a premier-class season.

Rossi’s final podium for Yamaha secured third place in the standings and the Italian bid an emotional farewell to his beloved M1, stopping on the cool down lap to kiss his bike in an echo of the first of his 46 Yamaha wins, at Welkom back in 2004 when the ‘Yamaha and Rossi’ story first began.

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After the race, Rossi spoke to the media and said, “This is a very emotional day but I’m very happy as well because I don’t have any regrets and there have been no bad moments or thoughts throughout these seven seasons together with Yamaha. From the beginning it was something great and we worked very well together. Like in life, in sport the results are crucial but just as important is the enjoyment and we had this at Yamaha. We had a great fusion in my team – the Australians, the Italians, the Japanese, the English and many more…a lot of people all together having fun. If in 2004 somebody had told me that I would win four world championships with Yamaha and 46 Grand Prix I would have signed in blood! I am happy. I have to thank first of all Masao Furusawa because we went through some difficult moments but we were able to improve the bike and make it the best machine, then I just have to say a big thank you to everybody who helped me in these seven seasons, and wish everyone good luck.”

2010 MotoGP Valencia Results
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team46’44.622
2.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 4.576
3.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team+ 8.998
4.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 17.643
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team+ 19.160
6.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 20.674
7.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team+ 26.797
8.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team+ 29.288
9.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP+ 29.451
10.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP+ 29.860
11.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team+ 31.761
12.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 33.604
13.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 36.622
14.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP+ 38.968
15.Carlos Checa (SPA) Pramac Racing Team+ 56.169

2010 MotoGP Championship Standings
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team383
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team245
3.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team233
4.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team225
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team206
6.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3176
7.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team163
8.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini125
9.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP116
10.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini103
11.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3103
12.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team90
13.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP85
14.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team65
15.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP53
16.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP44
17.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team43
18.Alex de Angelis (ITA) Interwetten Honda MotoGP11
19.Kousuke Akiyoshi (JPN) Interwetten Honda MotoGP4
20.Carlos Checa (SPA) Pramac Racing Team1
21.Wataru Yoshikawa (JPN) Fiat Yamaha Team1

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